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Pangolin Band: TRB

The Pangolin Band has a sound that you can try define but good luck doing so. They hail from Melbourne Australia and rarely do I have the opportunity to hear a band from this part of the globe, and when I do, it is always a treat. Down under has yielded some of the greatest music stars; however, you do not hear too much talk about it. I think the importance of the area and what is has contributed to music over the years is vastly underrated.

Take this amazing indie band for instance; their self-released album TRB is quite an accomplishment. From the first track right through to the end they offer you an incredibly tasteful and diverse array of rock music. To say it's just rock music is a general statement; do not let that mislead you. This band mixes a compelling dose of rock, blues, jazz, jam, fusion, well you name it, they use a pinch of this and that and throw it altogether, enlist some nice alluring female vocals to their sound, and magic happens. They come up with something so appealing and different that you feel duty-bound to turn anyone on within your circle of friends and family on to their cool sound.

Upon first listen I sent the bandleader Paul Hughan (guitars, keys, effects) an email and told him I loved the CD but had no idea what to call it or where to start, I only knew it was different and the more I explored the CD, the more it opened up new musical vistas for me. Each time I listened, I heard yet another influence or genre I enjoyed. This music is all about atmosphere and creating an ongoing picture show within your mind. This kind of explanation of music is something that has become common with me over the years and I love to be able to convey it to potential listeners because it is so special and worthy of a listen.

You will hear jingly guitars like something on a motion picture soundtrack, TV advert, or an REM like sounds. After that journey, off you go into some heavy duty Led Zeppelin like riffs as the bass, courtesy of Gerrit Thomson, and percussion, thank you Barry Mason, come crashing down like the Australian surf (you know, that area where all the great white sharks are?). As the vocals meet the music, it is as if a marriage of people and sound were prearranged in heaven somehow. The ladies that provide the sweets for the sweet (being the music of course) are Kylie Auldist, Jacinta Percy, and Wendy Rule. All of them do a magnificent job making their voices additional instruments, which is a very important factor that makes this whole thing jell into one entity that is so outside the box you cannot help but love it. Ok I think I have said my piece, check this CD out…it will be one of the best decisions you make this year to find something new and interesting in music.

Track Listing
01. TRB
02. Dragonfly
03. Collide-A -Scope
04. Summer
05. Rain
06. Electric Ambience
07. Treeline
08. Palisades Intro
09. Palisades
10. Cathedral
11. ...and when we awoke, the sky had changed
12. Tenebrous

Added: February 16th 2006
Reviewer: Keith Hannaleck
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 2081
Language: english

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Pangolin Band: TRB
Posted by Steve Ambrosius, SoT Staff Writer on 2006-02-16 19:22:09
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Pangolin Band is one part Power-Trio and one part Free-form Jazz band. Combine this with three amazing guest female vocalists and you get an album that can only be described as unique. TRB is more powerful than Aquaplan, more outrageous than Farpoint and more courageous than Silverchair. This Australian Band changes constantly throughout the CD (and sometimes in the middle of a song).

"Treeline" takes off beat bass lines, combined with Tanita Tikaram type vocals that break into jazz tinged interludes, combining all to make you want to hit replay. Other highlights on this CD include "Dragonfly" and "Palisades". Like Aquaplan, if TRB was an instrumental CD, you would enjoy how it rocks and really interjects amazing concepts into the song structure. But you add a topping of vocal harmony to this already palatable desert and you really get something special. Check this one out.

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